NC State Says Easley Axed Over Economy

The chancellor of North Carolina State University has told former first lady Mary Easley in her termination letter that she was let go because of "the recent economic downturn."

Interim Chancellor Jim Woodward said in the letter released Thursday that Easley's contract was terminated as of close of business a day earlier.

To view the letter, click the link at the top of the story.

The university's board of trustees voted on Monday to eliminate the contract, saying it was in the best interest of the university.

Former chancellor James Oblinger resigned that same day and e-mails showed he and former Gov. Mike Easley played a role in Mary Easley's hiring. The university's former provost and former chairman of the board of trustees have also resigned amid questions about how Easley got the job.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Earnest Location: Richlands on Jun 11, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    M&M...Michelle got it, but Mary didn't. Too Bad..Some of these NC brains should have been in Chicago.
  • by lavon Location: goldsboro on Jun 11, 2009 at 12:50 PM
    Im waiting for someone to say "IT'S ALL OBAMA'S FAULT"
  • by Anonymous on Jun 11, 2009 at 11:37 AM
    Does what he say at the end mean she still gets insurance at tax payer expense?
  • by ls Location: nb on Jun 11, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    she's a good start to cleaning house of all the political do-gooders that are screwing hard working citizens. Hope they keep digging and maybe our Governor will go too!
  • by Momof3 Location: Gville on Jun 11, 2009 at 11:12 AM
    Come on- at least she is gone. Yes, they have to Cover their behinds- avoid a lawsuit from the Easley's and why not blame the economy, with it the way it is better to blaim it and cut her programs than to cut other important ones. I rarely cheer for NC State, but in this case "GO STATE!"
  • by cj on Jun 11, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    whatever the reason cited, this was a good move by NCState and NC universities. stop the waste. fire more higher-ups who serve NO legitimate purpose.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 11, 2009 at 09:49 AM
    What a joke! Everybody knows why she was fired. Is there not one person in politcs that can do the right thing and be honest. What a crock!
  • by Davis Location: Williamston on Jun 11, 2009 at 09:38 AM
    Getting rid of the parasitic politician's wife was the right decision, but lying about why she was fired is crooked politics as usual. The truth is this woman has no real character - and it may go beyond that level of evilness.
  • by Devil Dog Location: Greenville on Jun 11, 2009 at 09:20 AM
    The Chancellor can fib with the best of them. I guess she will draw unemployment since she wasn't fired? Give me a break!
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 11, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    Absolutely, the AP has convinced me that the economy is responsible for her firing. And all the time I thought that it had to do with political wrong-doing.
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